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New York – After Obama’s Election New Yorkers Petition to Secede from U.S.

November 12, 2012 at 11:22 PM
New York - More than 7,000 people have signed a petition on the White House website backing the notion that the State of New York should withdraw from the U.S. and "create its own new government." The New York petition was created Nov. 10 by someone identified only as "C R," who lists his or her city as Grand Forks, N.D. Westchester, Rockland, Ulster, Orange, Dutchess and Putnam counties...

Charlotte, NC – FBI Agents Raid Home Of Author Investigated In Petraeus Scandal

November 12, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Charlotte, NC - FBI agents are at the North Carolina home of the woman whose affair with retired Gen. David Petraeus led to his resignation as CIA director. A spokeswoman for the FBI says that agents went to Paula Broadwell's home in Charlotte on Monday night. FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch declined to say what the agents were doing there. FBI agents appeared at Broadwell's home carrying the...

Japan – Toyota Tests Cars That Communicate With Each Other

November 12, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Japan - Toyota Motor Corp. is testing car safety systems that allow vehicles to communicate with each other and with the roads they are on in a just completed facility in Japan the size of three baseball stadiums. The cars at the Intelligent Transport System site receive information from sensors and transmitters installed on the streets to minimize the risk of accidents in situations such as...

New York – LED Bulbs Hit Stores Replacing Regular 100W Bulbs

November 12, 2012 at 09:28 PM
New York - Sorry to see 100-watt bulbs disappear from stores because they were energy hogs? You can now get LED bulbs that roughly match the 100-watters for size and brightness, but use far less energy. Until recently, your only alternative was a compact fluorescent bulb, which has several drawbacks compared with light-emitting diodes. Most people see the light quality as less pleasing, and...

Gaza – Israeli Aircraft Strike Early Tuesday Morning

November 12, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Gaza - Israeli aircraft struck three times in Gaza in the early hours of Tuesday morning, hitting a weapons storage facility and two rocket launching sites used by militants, the military said in a statement. As a growing crisis in the Gaza Strip moved into a fifth day, the Israeli army said it had scored direct hits on the targets. No casualties were reported in the strikes which caused loud...

London – Medical Journal: No Evidence Tamiflu Can Actually Stop Flu

November 12, 2012 at 08:16 PM
London - A leading British medical journal is asking the drug maker Roche to release all its data on Tamiflu, claiming there is no evidence the drug can actually stop the flu. The drug has been stockpiled by dozens of governments worldwide in case of a global flu outbreak and was widely used during the 2009 swine flu pandemic. On Monday, one of the researchers linked to the BMJ journal...

Phoenix, AZ – Angry Over Obama Win, Woman Runs Over Husband

November 12, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Phoenix, AZ - An Arizona woman, in despair at the re-election of Democratic President Barack Obama, ran down her husband with the family car in suburban Phoenix on Saturday because he failed to vote in the election, police said on Monday. Holly Solomon, 28, was arrested after running over husband Daniel Solomon following a wild chase that left him pinned underneath the vehicle. Daniel...

Israel – Education Blamed for Low Male Charedi Employment

November 12, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Israel - A new study from the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies points to the failure of haredi schools to teach core curriculum subjects as one of the main factors in low male haredi employment. Most haredi primary school boys attend either what are known as “recognized but unofficial schools” or “exempt institutions,” which barely teach any core subjects set by the state...

Queens, NY – Masbia Caters ‘Sheva Brachos’ For Storm Victims In Bayswater

November 12, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Queens, NY - Normally known for providing food for the hungry at its network of soup kitchens, Masbia is serving a more upscale menu at one location tonight, after being called in to cater sheva brachos for a Bayswater family. While power has been restored to the overwhelming majority of the area, locations that were particularly hard hit by Hurricane Sandy remain without...

Chicago – Jesse Jackson Jr Hires Lawyer, Possible Plea Deal, Resignation

November 12, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Chicago - Amid reports that he may have misused campaign funds, Illinois congressman Jesse Jackson Jr has hired a lawyer to handle negotiations with the federal government on possible plea deal in which he would resign from the House of Representatives and spend time in prison, media said. CBS 2 television reported on Saturday and Fox News Chicago on Monday, citing an unnamed source, that...

New York – Cuomo Announces 24/7 Insurance Disaster Hotline

November 12, 2012 at 05:54 PM
New York - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Department of Financial Services disaster hotline will now be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help New Yorkers recovering from Hurricane Sandy. The hotline, at 800-339-1759, can answer insurance related storm questions and help consumers file complaints. Previously, the hotline was operating from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays...

New York – NYC To Spend $500M To Repair Schools, Hospitals

November 12, 2012 at 05:37 PM
New York - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced a $500 million emergency plan to pay for critical repairs to public schools and hospitals damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The plan would allocate $200 million for the Department of Education and $300 million for the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation to repair extensive damage. The repairs would include structural...

New York – Bellevue and Coney Island Hospitals to be Closed for Weeks

November 12, 2012 at 05:23 PM
New York - An official says New York City's storm-damaged Bellevue and Coney Island hospitals won't be fully running until early next year. Both hospitals were evacuated after being inundated by Superstorm Sandy. Coney Island is already running outpatient services. City Health and Hospitals Corp. President Alan Aviles said Monday that Bellevue expects to start offering outpatient services Nov...

New York, NY – Bloomberg: Gas Rationing Eases Fuel Crunch In NYC

November 12, 2012 at 04:54 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael Bloomberg says odd-even rationing seems to have eased the post-storm gasoline crunch in New York City, but he's not sure when he'll lift the restriction. The system began Friday in the city and on neighboring Long Island after Superstorm Sandy disrupted the metropolitan area's gasoline distribution network. New Jersey implemented the odd-even plan earlier and is...

Cairo – Abbas Says Ready To Start Talks With Israel After UN Upgrade

November 12, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Cairo - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday at the Cairo-based Arab League he would press ahead with a bid for the United Nations to recognise Palestine as an observing state, adding that he was ready to start negotiations with Israel afterwards. "We had agreed to go get the vote on November 29 ... the majority needed for the vote will be on our side," Abbas told...

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